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Ryder Cup legend Hunt passes away

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Bernard Hunt tees off at the 1953 Ryder Cup at Wentworth as his team-mates watch on © PA Photos
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Two-time Ryder Cup captain Bernard Hunt MBE has died at the age of 83.

Hunt played in eight Ryder Cups between 1953 and 1969 - including Great Britain's famous victory over the US in 1957 - losing just three of ten singles matches and in 1963 he and his brother, Geoff, became the first brothers to play in the same Ryder Cup team.

Hunt went on to captain the side in the 1973 and 1975 Ryder Cups.

His record as a player was also impressive, winning the Order of Merit in 1958, 1960 and 1965, including 30 wins and four top-five finishes at the Open Championship.

Hunt, a founding member on the European Senior Tour when it was launched in 1992, is survived by his wife Meg and three children Matthew, Sophie and Viv.

European Tour chief executive George O'Grady led the tributes.

"Bernard was one of Britain's truly great champions and has been a steadfast ally to all of us involved in the growth of The European Tour," he said.

"He was enormously respected by all of his fellow players, as was evidenced when he was appointed Ryder Cup captain in 1973 and 1975 and captain of the PGA in 1966 and again from 1995 to 1997.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to Meg and all the extended Hunt family."

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones added: "It was with great sadness I learned of Bernard's passing. He was one of the gentlemen of golf and his record on the course is one of the best in the British game.

"He will be missed greatly by those who played with and against him during those halcyon days."

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